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State of Hockey shows up for NWHL All-Star Game at TRIA Rink

In front of sold-out crowd, all-stars of women's hockey put on high-scoring show

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- The goal horn buzzed almost constantly at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center on Sunday.

But it was hard to even hear over the roar of the fans. In front of a capacity crowd, the National Women's Hockey League's best and brightest put on an offensive clinic at the third annual NWHL All-Star Game co-hosted by the Wild. 

Following two 25-minute periods of 4-on-4 play, one squad would emerge victorious. Team Ott, captained by Boston Pride goaltender Brittany Ott, ultimately got the better of Team Leveille, captained by Buffalo Beauts goaltender Amanda Leveille, 8-6. 

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Wild's Park realizing Olympic dream as South Korea assistant coach

Former Wild player, current development coach hopes PyeongChang Games can help grow sport in Asia

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

Richard Park doesn't recollect much from his childhood in South Korea. Born in Seoul, Park and his family moved to the United States when he was just three years old. 

But the Wild's player development coach will certainly make his fair share of memories as he returns to his birth country this month as an assistant with the South Korean men's national team that will compete as the host nation at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Park's participation in the Olympics itself is a bit of a dream come true.

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Fighting Back: Parise's road to recovery

Winger's journey back to ice hasn't been easy, but he's hopeful a return to form isn't far behind

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

This article appears in the February issue of Wild Magazine.

It was just a normal, routine offseason for Wild forward Zach Parise.

The 2016-17 season was a frustrating one for Minnesota's alternate captain. A variety of illnesses -- including a couple of bouts with strep throat and a battle with the mumps -- combined with a lower-body injury early in the season limited Parise to just 69 games.

But a strong offseason program had the 33-year-old primed for a bounce back season. With no World Cup of Hockey changing his summer routine and no Winter Olympics interrupting the NHL season, Parise was looking forward to the 82-game grind of the regular season.

Suddenly, a guy who was one of the finest athletes in the world, a man at the peak of his profession, could not even sit in a chair to eat.

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Youth Hockey Spotlight goes on road for first-ever out-state game

Hermantown Hawks and Proctor Rails Bantam B teams surprised with Wild game-night experience

by Kayleigh Jackson /

Video: Youth Hockey Spotlight: Hermantown

HERMANTOWN -- Since the creation of the Youth Hockey Spotlight Game presented by U.S. Bank in the 2016-17 season, the Minnesota Wild has hosted five of the events. Tuesday night's game in Hermantown, between the hometown Hawks and visiting Proctor Rails, was the first to take place outside of the Twin Cities. 

The players, expecting a normal, regular-season game, had no idea what was coming. Meanwhile, waiting for them at the rink were hundreds of parents and fans, school cheerleaders, and a pantheon of game-night staff from the Wild, ready to turn a Bantam B game into a NHL-caliber production. 

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Staal anxious to share All-Star Game experience with sons

Just one of center's three boys was alive the last time Staal took part in event

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

No matter what happens this weekend in Tampa, it will be a highlight Wild forward Eric Staal always remembers.

Selected to play in his fifth All-Star Game -- and first since 2011 -- Staal was the Most Valuable Player of the event's 2008 edition. But even if he scores five goals and wins a second All-Star Game MVP, whatever transpires on the ice will be secondary to having a chance to share the weekend with his wife, Tanya, her parents, and his three sons, Levi, Parker and Finley.

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HDM 2018: Alumni game unites generations of Huskies

Former players laid groundwork for current success, coaches say

by Phil Ervin /

ST. CLOUD -- Bret Hedican's head pounded. Grinning from ear to ear for the better part of three hours straight will cause such trauma.

"My head hurts because my helmet hurts because I've been smiling all night," the former St. Cloud State defenseman said with a laugh after Friday night's outdoor alumni game at Lake George. "I'll tell you: Our university is special, because we might not get the blue-chip, but we get that second-tier guy that's hungry. With the hunger comes caring about one another and knowing that you're not bigger than the team. When you have that, you get this -- many years after guys retire, they still want to be involved in our university."

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Hockey Day 2018: The many ties that bind SCSU's Motzko, MSU's Hastings

In-state coaches' friendship, rivalry spans more than 30 years

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

Bob Motzko and Mike Hastings have crossed paths many times in the three decades since they met on the campus of St. Cloud State University in the 1980s. Each now runs his own Division I college program inside the State of Hockey, with Motzko at his alma mater and Hastings leading the way at Minnesota State University. 

Their paths with cross once again on Saturday when the Huskies and Mavericks play as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 presented by Wells Fargo.

Their relationship goes back more than 30 years, when Motzko was a student assistant coach with the Huskies and Hastings was a first-year player. 

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Evolution Revolution: The changing science of hockey

From training to nutrition to equipment, technological advances have changed game for Wild, NHL

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

This story appears in the January issue of Wild Magazine.

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle was heading into eighth grade when he started a routine that would change his hockey career forever. It was that summer that Coyle discovered the weight room, back at the school he attended in the Boston suburb of Weymouth, Massachusetts. What began then, under the tutelage of strength coach Pat O'Toole, continues today with Coyle as a 25-year-old NHLer.

"It's all about getting the edge," Coyle said. "That's what I keep in mind when I do it. That's what I think about in the summer time: You go home, get in the gym, get stronger, faster and quicker."

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St. Cloud's proud hockey history takes center stage Saturday

From frozen lakes to Frozen Fours, home of Hockey Day 2018 boasts rich tradition

by Phil Ervin /

Granite City. "Flyover" country. Beaver Islands, Lake George, hydroelectric power and a one-time trading outpost along the Mississippi River.

State of Hockey hotbed?

Depends who you ask. But it's tough to deny St. Cloud's rich hockey history -- even if the locals feel it's sometimes overlooked.

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Hockey Day 2018: Wild fan's legacy lives on with Tanner's Team Foundation

Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 taking place in St. Cloud is about more than hockey to Fuls family

by Todd Smith / Special to

On Oct. 28th, 2010, the Minnesota Wild hosted its annual Hockey Fights Cancer night, a designated evening during the NHL season that unites the sport's community in support of cancer patients and their families.

Tanner Fuls, 11, was the Minnesota Wild's special guest that evening. Tanner, a vibrant and kind-hearted 11-year-old hockey player from Sauk Rapids had Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a form of pre-leukemia. He had recently undergone chemotherapy treatment.

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